Dental Tips Blog

Mar
31

Dental Implants or Natural Teeth – Which Are Better?

Posted in Dental Implants

Have you ever been told that you should get a tooth pulled and replaced with an implant?

It turns out that there are good reasons for holding onto your natural teeth as long as possible.

Natural teeth have no equal replacement. Dental implants can’t mimic the contour beneath the gums that teeth do. Implants also cannot sense temperature or respond to pressure.

Besides this, there’s the fact that your natural tooth is already there! Why hurry to get a new one?

Dental implants are usually worth considering if:

  • Your tooth is too damaged to restore
  • An indefinite number of procedures to restore the tooth will end up costing more than an implant surgery
  • Your health doesn’t allow you to have multiple restorative appointments

For many patients, going ahead with the implant is the best option.

But you should consult with your dentist to find out whether there’s any reason you shouldn’t get an implant. For example, if you have a teeth grinding problem, an implant would be a waste of money since your habit could damage your investment.

Holding onto your natural teeth isn’t the cheap or lazy way out, however. Whether you choose to save your tooth or get an implant, both options require commitment to your health.

To make a choice, you need to be well-aware of your condition and what your dental needs are. Explore every option, ask questions, and ask others you know how they feel about the choice they made.

Just remember that knowing some success stories doesn’t guarantee a particular method will be right for you Contact your dentist for an expert assessment of what your smile needs to thrive!

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

Mar
30

How Does a Dental Implant Work?

Posted in Dental Implants

By design, dental implants are essentially an “artificial root” that is inserted into the jaw, where a missing tooth once stood. This titanium rod fuses with your bone and supports the desired fixed prosthesis (“false tooth.”)

Implants are able to support a variety of restorations, including fixed crowns and bridges. Alternatively, one or more implants can be used to secure a denture. While the implant stays put, the denture may be permanently affixed or removable. Implants themselves are not removable.

Phases of Implant Treatment

In a straightforward outpatient procedure, the dentist makes an incision in the gums and carefully inserts the implant in the bone underneath.

Next comes a healing period. The gums have to close over the implant to give it time to fuse (osseointegrate) with the bone. This usually takes 3-6 months to complete.

Once the metal implant takes to the bone, it’s strong enough to go to work. The dentist then removes the protective covering to place the restoration of choice. This is usually a crown that looks and feels like a natural tooth.

Dental implants don’t feel much different from real teeth. But if you get one, you’d still need to keep it clean in order to avoid getting an infection that could cause it to fail.

An Alternative Option to Replace Missing Teeth

Due to their predictability and longevity, implants offer a convenient advantage over traditional dentures and fixed bridges.

What are benefits to getting an implant?

  • Easy cleaning and care
  • Smiling and laughing with confidence
  • Cosmetic enhancement in addition to the medical benefits
  • No diet limitations

Contact your dentist today to learn more about implants and whether you’re a candidate for one.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Mar
27

What You Need to Know Before Getting a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Lots of dental offices are promoting implants as the perfect remedy to missing teeth. It’s true that dental implants represent the highest standard of restorative care. But before you rush out to get one, you should understand what’s required.

A Good Dental Implant Takes Time

What does it take to get a dental implant?

It kind of looks like all you do is stick a fake tooth in the gap where one is missing. In reality, however, there’s so much more to it than that.

Dental implants are more likely to be successful in a mouth with lots of healthy bone. Special scans and x-rays will show whether your mouth is a good candidate for an implant. If there isn’t enough bone, you may need more than one surgery to prepare it.

The implant procedure itself is not complicated, but there are several months of healing that follow.

Implants Require Care

Long after you finally get an implant, you need to take good care of it to make it last. A dental implant may be a false tooth, but it’s still a part of your bone. The screw itself fuses with the jawbone around it. If the implant isn’t kept clean, the surrounding tissues can get infected.

An implant can eventually become totally loose if inflammation sets in. At this point, there’s a good chance of it failing.

Even after years of successful implant use, you can still lose it if you don’t properly brush and gently floss it!

Given that an implant represents an investment of time and effort in addition to cost, it’s not the right choice for everyone. If you’re interested in seeing whether you qualify, call your local dental office and schedule a visit.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Feb
16

5 Benefits of Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal post placed in the jawbone that supports and anchors a tooth replacement such as a dental crown or even a removable denture.

Implants represent the ultimate, gold standard in restorative dentistry, the end-all dental solution. Why? Because of these unparalleled benefits:

  1. Better Diet

Implants let you chew with more security than dentures do. You can bite into healthy foods and enjoy a greater variety of the meals you love. An implant can also eliminate that annoying “food trap” created by a missing tooth.

  1. Permanent Solution

Tired of constantly getting your denture adjusted or having new partials made? Dental implants get rid of all of that. Once an implant heals in place, it’s basically set for life, as long as you take care of it.

  1. Easier Oral Hygiene

Caring for your implants is just like brushing and flossing your natural teeth. You need to work to keep an implant healthy and strong, but that’s usually easier than flossing under a fixed bridge or cleaning a denture every day.

  1. Enhanced Comfort and Convenience

An implant is designed to feel just like a natural tooth, so there will be no fear of it slipping out of place, pinching, or chafing your gums. It’s secure and ready to go all day long.

  1. Improved Confidence

It almost goes without saying that you’ll look great by completing your smile with an implant! Knowing you can smile, laugh, chew, and talk with confidence will help you live your life worry-free.

Find out how one or more dental implants could change your life. Call your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

Feb
13

Do You Have Kidney Disease? You May Still Qualify for a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

An estimated 11% of adults worldwide are affected by chronic kidney disease, the vast majority of which have oral symptoms that can contribute to tooth loss.

These issues often result from a combination of poor oral hygiene and the effects of medications. Kidney disease can also result from diabetes, another condition that endangers oral health.

What’s more, the negative conditions worsen each other. Kidney disease may affect oral health and poor oral health will prevent you from eating foods that your kidneys need.

Oftentimes, patients with chronic kidney disease are those most in need of reliable tooth replacements. But health risks may have both the dentist and you, the patient, wary. Getting an implant is usually straightforward, but with so many complications in the mix, what can you do?

Implant specialists from around the world have been studying this issue and recently published several recommendations in the International Journal of Oral Science (IJOS):

  • Dentist should consult with kidney specialist to plan implant treatment
  • Multiple blood tests and blood counts are necessary
  • Aim to have surgery one day after hemodialysis
  • Take specialized x-rays of proposed implant site to ensure bone is strong
  • Treat gums for disease before implant procedure to reduce risk of infection
  • Longer than usual healing time
  • Follow up with frequent maintenance visits with dentist

In summary, if you have chronic kidney disease and are interested in getting dental implants, be prepared to take it slow. Careful planning and thorough communication are key.

Talk with your doctor and dentist about the possibility. If the anticipated benefits to your health far outweigh any small risks, getting an implant may well be worth the effort.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

Jan
29

Can You Get Cheaper Dental Implants Abroad?

Posted in Dental Implants

Medical and dental tourism have taken off in recent years as the standard of care in other countries comes to rival that of more developed lands.

Dental tourism may seem like the only solution for those whose insurance won’t cover certain treatment. For some, it’s the only alternative if they don’t have insurance coverage, at all.

Getting a dental implant in another country has resulted in savings for a lot of patients who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it. But this doesn’t mean that seeking treatment abroad is right for you.

Before you can make that decision, you have to carefully weigh the risks involved.

Do you really know what standards a foreign dental office functions by? If you’re not familiar with all the sterilization and antiseptic precautions used here at home, then you may not realize how much you’re at risk in a place with lower standards.

Is there any way to stay in contact with the doctor performing your procedure in case something goes wrong? You might not exactly be able to sue a dentist for malpractice in certain areas. Before agreeing to anything, you have to be sure that your health and satisfaction can be guaranteed or compensated in some way.

Getting dental implants abroad may be a fraction of the price they are here, but you have to add in other expenses:

  • Passport and visa
  • Transportation
  • Food and lodging
  • Follow up care or re-treatment

In the end, you may realize it’s a whole world safer and more cost-effective to get dental implants locally! Talk with your dentist here for more information.

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Jan
10

What’s It Like to Have a Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Here’s all you want to know about having a dental implant, in a nutshell.

The Procedure

Getting an implant usually takes less than an hour. You won’t feel a thing when the dentist places the metal screw. You’ll get a temporary prosthesis to fill in the gap, and once the area is healed, the permanent crown is placed.

The Feel

You won’t feel the metal part since it’s covered by gums. The implant crown is designed to feel just like a natural tooth and that’s exactly what your tongue will notice.

The Lifestyle

A removable tooth replacement requires special cleaning every day. It’s not recommended to sleep with a dental prosthesis in your mouth, so taking it out in the evening could be inconvenient in some social situations. You may even have trouble chewing your favorite foods.

But with a dental implant? Say goodbye to all those worries and insecurities. An implant could free up your life and give you a confidence you wouldn’t believe.

The Maintenance

Dental implants are designed to last your entire life, so there’s no need to expect that it’ll need replacement. Once you get an implant, there’s not a whole lot to it – as long as you keep it clean. This is done through daily brushing and flossing, taking care to clean well around your implant.

For most patients, an implant is the preferred alternative to a chancy root canal, removable partial, or fixed bridge. To find out whether dental implants are right for your smile, plan a consultation with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Kyle Parkway Dentistry
4650 S FM 1626, Suite 104
Kyle, TX 78640
(512) 256-0105

Jan
4

Could Full Mouth Implants Save You Money?

Posted in Dental Implants

Implants are notoriously expensive. Many insurances provide only limited coverage. Maybe your provider will partially cover them but provides complete coverage for a denture.

If you don’t feel your insurance will help out, you should still think about investing in getting full mouth implants instead of a denture.

How is this worth it?

Implants Meet Real Needs

Don’t be fooled into thinking that what your insurance covers is what your mouth needs. Dental implants do far more than just make a smile pretty. They also offer a very practical solution in terms of function.

Dental implants are meant to be permanent. No other restoration comes with that sort of security. It’s a pleasant surprise if a denture lasts more than five years.

Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth. This makes cleaning them a lot simpler than cleaning a denture. You can live without the fear of something falling out and embarrassing you and easily eat the foods you love.

Implants are a one-time investment. Sit down and do the math. How much longer do you plan to live in need of functioning teeth? What will all those years add up to in terms of cost for maintaining smile? Adjusting dentures can be costly and they need replacement in a matter of years.

Bear in mind, too, that full mouth implants don’t mean getting an implant in every single place where you used to have a tooth. Rather, systems like Hybridge and implant-supported dentures could end up saving you thousands as you enjoy a strong smile for years to come. Discuss your options with your dentist to get an idea of what’s right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
ABQ Dentures
2010 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
(505) 933-7794

Dec
31

What If You Don’t Have Enough Bone for an Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

A house is only as strong as its foundation and an implant is likewise only as good as the bone it rests in. While dental implants represent hope for many people with missing teeth, they aren’t always a guaranteed solution.

Insufficient bone for implants could be the result of:

  • Injury
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth defects
  • Years of wearing a denture
  • Going years without replacing teeth

Perhaps for one of the reasons listed above you’ve been told that an implant wouldn’t work for you.

Does this mean you can say goodbye to the hope of ever again having a beautiful smile?

Happily, no. You still have a chance! Implant specialists offer a few different procedures for restoring bone in the mouth so that it can support these restorations.

Bone Graft

A very common and safe procedure, grafting uses bone from your body, a donor’s, or a synthetic material to patch up weak areas. The procedure is a lot easier than you might imagine and after a few months, your mouth should be ready to receive an implant.

Ridge Expansion

In a very specific bone grafting treatment, the ridge of the lower jaw is widened to make it easier to support implants.

Sinus Augmentation

If you’ve been missing some upper back teeth for a while, there’s chance that your sinus cavities have gotten a little bigger as the bone thins out. The wall separating your sinuses from your teeth could be too slim to safely anchor an implant. Packing on some extra bone tissue to “lift” the sinus is the best way to make implants happen.

Talk with your general dentist to get a better idea of what your smile needs to qualify for dental implants.

Posted on behalf of:
Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 376-4157

Dec
31

Dentures Are No Substitute for Natural Teeth, Dentists Warn

Posted in Dental Implants

Many people believe that dentures are an inevitability. But changes in dentistry are leading to people keeping their natural teeth longer. Working to keep your own teeth healthy will make you more likely to have them for the rest of your life.

Sure, you can take your teeth for granted and assume a denture is the dental procedure to end all dental procedures.

Before you do, take a minute to consider how a denture could actually bring about other concerns that you hadn’t considered.

This Doesn’t Taste As Good As I Remembered . . .

An upper denture in particular is good at blocking your ability to taste foods. Things will seem a lot less flavorful after you get dentures. Bummer.

Bite Down. Now Lighten Up By 90%.

If you get dentures, you can expect your bite force to be about a tenth of what it is right now. That makes a big difference in what you’ll be able to chew with ease. You’d have to cut everything up into tiny bites or restrict your diet to nutrient-poor or soft foods.

Your Smile Changes Over Time

With years of wear, the pressure of a denture on the gums causes the bone underneath to resorb. Gradually, your mouth takes on a sunken-in look. This can age your appearance and make it harder to get your denture to fit.

Really Less Work?

You might think daily brushing and flossing for natural teeth is a pill. You’re not off the hook when it comes to denture care. They require daily brushing and soaking plus frequent maintenance appointments.

The bottom line? Show love to the teeth you’ve got. Don’t rush to get them pulled. If you need to replace missing teeth, there may be better options such as dental implants or an implant supported dental bridge.  Talk to your dentist about what tooth replacement options are best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

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